iOS: As you can imagine, even the simplest decisions without visual cues can be extremely challenging. Be My Eyes connects sighted people with the visually impaired through a live video feed to, as the name implies, be their eyes and help read objects or navigate their surroundings.
With Be My Eyes, visually impaired users can make requests to sighted volunteers and connect these volunteers to their phone’s cameras. Sighted people can then describe what they see, answer questions and help interpret visual cues for blind people. You can see how the process works in the video above. Visually impaired users can more easily differentiate between labels, safely move through unfamiliar areas as you guide them through the walk, and have pictures described to them (amongst many other benefits). It could also be useful if people break their glasses and don’t have a spare on them. You can see how the process works in the video above.
Volunteers can earn points and get promoted to new levels by helping out blind people, which enables them to help more people. Even though it’s only available for iOS at the moment, you can sign up to get notified when Be My Eyes launches for Android.